What's this, the new Bose headquarters in New York? No, not at all--but that's the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this picture of the wraps coming off the new Museum of Arts & Design, which is located at 2 Columbus Circle and scheduled to open in the next few months.
For those of who don't follow New York real estate and architecture, the area around Columbus Circle is home to some of the most valuable real estate in the city, including the Time Warner Center (where, ironically, there is a Bose store, as well as the Samsung Experience). Before it got refurbished, 2 Columbus Circle was considered by many to be one seriously ugly building. But it had its supporters, including the author Tom Wolfe, who wanted it landmarked and left the way it was.
Now that the scaffolding has been removed (Curbed has more pictures), the critics are starting to weigh in, though I haven't heard anyone describe the new building as being inspired by the Bose Acoustic Wave Music System. Any New Yorkers (or amateur architecture critics) care to weigh in?